Themed around hit movie Back to the Future, the supergroup took their fans on a nostalgic journey through the success, creativity and charm of both bands.
The night started with a short movie on the multiple on-stage screens and, before you knew it, amidst a storm of lightning, in rolled the Busted duo of Matt Willis and James Bourne in a time machine.
Joined on stage by McFly’s quartet of Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter, the frenzied crowd – the majority understandably female – was treated to a flying start as the band launched straight into Air Hostess.
The feelgood evening saw the all-seater set-up rendered largely redundant as the crowd took to its feet, with hits such as Five Colours in her Hair and Room on the Third Floor straining vocal chords off stageand on.
The band pulled out all the stops, with fireworks, confetti and giant inflatable balls all produced to wow their devotees.
It was clear by the enthusiasm of the performance that neither McFly nor Busted are treating this as a final payday. Far from it.
Their genuine excitement at being back in front of a big crowd gave that much away, although their exuberance saw them get a little carried away.
Bourne sometimes seemed a little out of tune with the laddish culture dictated by a few of the McFly contingent on stage.
Even if he did seem a little detached at times – sitting dangling his legs over the edge of the giant UFO by himself – the importance of his role in the collaboration cannot be emphasised enough, and he will play a huge role if and when the bands get into the studio to record their own material
It was hard to believe Busted hadn’t been around since 2005. Bourne and Willis seemed at home in front of the sell-out Arena crowd.
Probably McBusted will be around for a long time yet. The year 3000 may be a tad optimistic but they will certainly be back here for a second gig on May 21.